AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan Benchmarked

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Thief and GTAV

Thief

Thief is a series of stealth video games in which the player takes the role of Garrett, a master thief in a fantasy/steampunk world resembling a cross between the Late Middle Ages and the Victorian era, with more advanced technologies interspersed. Thief is the fourth title in the Thief series, developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix on February 25, 2014.

thief

This is an older game title, but we wanted to see how an older game title would perform on the latest processors and video cards.

We ran Thief with the image quality settings set at normal with VSYNC disabled.

Benchmark Results: In Thief when moving from the standard Windows Balanced Power Plan to the new AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan we got 6.4% gains at 1080P, 5.8% gains at 1440P and a small 2.1% performance gain when gaming at 4K. 

Grand Theft Auto V

GTAV

Grand Theft Auto V, currently one of the hottest PC games, was finally released for the PC on April 14, 2015.  Developed by Rockstar, it is set in 2013 and the city of Los Santos.  It utilizes the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) which Rockstar has been using since 2006, with multiple updates for technology improvements.

In Grand Theft Auto V we set the game to run with no MSAA with 16x AF and high image quality settings as we didn’t want the GPU to bottleneck the system too bad, but wanted a setup that your average gamer would actually play on. We used the games built-in benchmark utility to have at least one game we used that could be compared to your setup at home. We averaged all the five of the default benchmark runs and omitted both the minimum and maximum values as those results are garbage due to major inconsistencies.

Benchmark Results: In Grand Theft Auto V when moving from the standard Windows Balanced Power Plan to the new AMD Ryzen Balanced Power Plan we got 7.4% gains at 1080P, 6..7% gains at 1440P and basically flat performance when gaming at 4K. 

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  • RedHoodTwo

    Is there a Ryzen High Quality/Performance plan?

  • gr33nbits

    Is it better to use Ryzen Balanced power plan or High Performance power plan? I got a Ryzen 5 1600 and installed the chipset drivers so i have Ryzen Balanced power plan available and selected, should i keep it or use the Windows 10 High Performance?

  • Billy Williams

    This helps out mostly with general feel of the OS. To me it feels a little snappier. Also I had some pausing while typing in VMs and this seems to resolve that issue.

  • DF86

    I really hope devs start optimizing for Ryzen as the power is there as the Ashes of the Singularity patch has proven, There is no reason other than lack of optimization that at 1440P a 7700K at stock should get 30-40FPS more than an 8C16T Ryzen chip.

  • testing 4 games concludes NOTHING. 20 games concludes something.

  • Greg Bryett

    Wish I could install this. I keep getting provisioning failure!

  • PC Master

    “Plan, but it appears to help out significantly in two of the five game titles that we managed to benchmark today and those titles woult be GTA V and Thief.”

    Time and time again I either see typos, spellings errors or poor grammar from LegitReview articles.

    Do you idiots even proof read before posting your articles?

    • they make a conclusion of benchmarking 5 games and you want them to have a good grammar? i meant cherry picked games, those are the worst games on the first page list compared to battlefield 1 (very played) and crysis 3 (benchmark game of the most powerful engine).

  • H23

    Wish you would use better RAM. Trident Z 3200 14 cast works on almost all Ryzen boards.

  • Nen

    In balanced mode, at idle, the frequency should go down to 2ghz. With the new plan, the idle frequency remain high at p1 of 3.2ghz, just like in the high performance plan. Amd renamed high performance plan to “balanced ryzen” and you fell for it.

    • Bruno_O

      From AMD’s post:
      Finally, if you see a third-party tool reporting “idle” clocks in the range of 3200-3400MHz, you can be virtually certain that the core is actually sleeping and the tool is simply reporting the last known P-State.

  • K1W1Pyro

    Would be interesting to see the results with new MSI 1.3 BIOS loaded as well which increases gaming performance as seen here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX_WEvEzR64

    • Nathan Kirsch

      1.3 was used here and no it didn’t increase gaming performance by much at all.

      • ELLAS

        Bios updates increase system stability, memory compatability, more stable over clocks, and overall enhancements and optimizations. Will it increase gaming performance. Probably, but not this early IMO. Game developers can optimize for Ryzen though game patches and updates.

      • That’s your opinion, mine based on more games not just 4 cherry picked ones is it does increase performance.

      • I also wanna point that the 1700 offers better gaming performance. No i’m not looking at average framerate but 1% and 0.1% lows, those are better on ryzen and makes a smoother experience. That is more important for hardcore gaming. Another thing is, as a hardcore gamer, i use, while playing guild wars 2 for example, browser (two of them) many tabs to search info, overwolf, discord app, shadowplay, msi afterburn and some other software. music player sometimes and youtube videos in the background. Many of this actively while playing the game. It’s not something particular, it’s something any hardcore gamer does today. You play and have many things behind running and you use them. Some of this are needed for the game performance itself like searching information about the game, or talking to team mates. Doing all this will have an impact on a 7700k, it wont on ryzen.

        Oh also playing with a gtx 1080 or 1080ti at 1080p doesn’t make sense as having a 7700k with a mid range card doesn’t either.

        Based on all this and what ryzen does in everything else besides gaming, (50% faster than 7700k) yeah, i’m pretty sure Ryzen is something better for gamers than intel.

        My lecture on this case at least is this.

  • Conclusion : even with the new Power Plan that favors Ryzen, AMD is still behind in terms of gaming performance. It is up to developers to bring the optimization for newer games. Hopefully, they wouldn’t mind doing it to bring the balance of the force in PC gaming.

    • Nandiman

      Also, has anyone checked the power consumption with the new power plan? Because if it barely adds performance but significantly decreases efficiency than it’s a double bust (though I doubt it would be significantly affected, but I am curious.

    • ELLAS

      Agreed. But Ryzen gets more than enough playable frame rates. And it guarantees the user smooth game play, regardless of frame rates. That’s where Ryzen is strong at. 7700K looks like a beast, but the in-game micro stuttering that CPU causes in many games would irritate me.

    • behind? lower frames are better on ryzen and makes it have less stutter than a 7700k.